Essex wrote: ↑
January 16, 2019, 3:05 pm
As an Australian citizen my 'mr fixit''who has been very good has the advice, I suspect it will be similar for other nationalities.
1. Have an appropriate Visa upon entering Thailand, a visitors visa is not acceptable.
2. Have 400,000 THB in an account for 6 months (there are variations such as proof of income, but I do not have these details)
3. Get a certificate of being free to marry from your embassy and show divorce papers etc if this is your circumstances.
4. Have all documentation translated into Thai.
5. Lodge the documentation via the local Ampure to go to Dept of Interior.
6. Once all is approved, go to the Ampure with witnesses, proof of residency and the local Headman and have the marriage conducted.
In my case, I have been using a local guy who has been excellent so far in getting license, bank account etc. Hos fee is 5,000 for marriage. If you want his contact details, please send me a PM and I will provide number.
I think that list has a number of inaccuracies.
1. You can get married on any visa. Obviously you need to already be married to get a visa on grounds of marriage to a Thai, or an extension to that visa.
2. You only need 400,000 baht for an extension to a marriage visa. Money needs to be in bank for 2-3 months, not six months.
3. Correct. (Need to go to Embassy in person)
5. Have to get documents validated in Bangkok by the Thai Department of Consular Affairs, MFA. Not usually done by Amphoe. When you get documents back, go to Amphoe.
6. Procedure may vary from Amphoe to Amphoe. Ijust needed wife, her documents, my passport and the validated documents from Bangkok.
Was your 5,000 baht fee including paying the Australian embassy, translation etc.? Once you have the docs rest is easy.
Once you have the marriage certificate, can then get a visa from a Thai embassy or consulate. There may be different requirements at different places, but some do not need to see money in the bank or income.
When you have a marriage visa, you can either apply for a new one (out of country) when it expires, or extend within Thailand (the extension is when you need the 400,000, and a lot of other documents).
Obviously, as with most interactions with government officials in Thailand, your experience may differ!